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March 5, 2014 8:52 am

Iranian Defense Minister Boasts of Ballistic Missile Precision: ‘Margin of Error Below 5 Meters’

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Iranian Defense Minister Brigadier General Hossein Dehqan introducing the Islamic Republic's ballistic missiles. Photo: Screenshot / Fars.

Iranian Defense Minister Brigadier General Hossein Dehqan introducing the Islamic Republic's ballistic missiles. Photo: Screenshot / Fars.

Iranian Defense Minister Brigadier General Hossein Dehqan on Wednesday boasted of the accuracy of the Islamic Republic’s domestically-developed missile guidance systems, according to Iran’s semi-official Fars news agency.

On Wednesday, a ceremony was held in Tehran to mark the mass-delivery of its ballistic missiles Qadr H, Qiam, Fateh 110 and Khalij-e Fars, also known as the “Persian Gulf missile”, and the Mersad air defense system to the Islamic Revolution Guards Corps and Khatam ol-Anbia Air Defense Base.

“The guidance systems of (the missiles delivered to the IRGC) today enjoy the capability of striking the targets with full precision and they have a margin of error below 5 meters,” Dehqan said.

According to Fars, Dehqan said that the radar systems for the ballistic missiles were designed to evade enemy radar systems. “And the Qiam and Fateh missiles which were supplied to the Armed Forces today are among such missiles,” Dehqan said.

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Fars said the Khalij-e Fars missile, which carries a 650-kilogram payload, is the most advanced in the Iranian arsenal; it’s “smart and immune to interception, and features high-precision systems.”

“While other missiles mostly traverse at subsonic speeds and in cruise style, the Khalij-e Fars moves vertically after launch, traverses at supersonic speeds, finds the target through a smart program, locks on the target and hit it,” Fars said.

It said the range of the solid-fuel missile is 300 km and that it can be fired from triple launchers.

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